WICHITA — The city is getting ready to market two parcels of land that many developers would consider some the most enticing commercial acreage in Wichita.
The city owns 5.46 acres where the Village Fashion Center used to be on the northeast corner of Kellogg and Towne East Drive just west of the new Old Chicago.
It also has 2.91 acres on the northwest corner of Kellogg and Rock where the La Quinta and the former Old Chicago used to be.
"It's valuable," says John Philbrick, the city's real estate administrator.
"It's got good exposure, good location, high traffic counts."
The city bought the properties when it was widening Kellogg but no longer needs them.
Philbrick says before deciding to sell, the city considered other options for the land.
"We take a look at potential city uses before we put something on the market," he says.
The city has chosen a real estate broker to handle the listings, but Philbrick says he can't say who it is until there's final approval from the Wichita City Council.
The city already passed on some opportunities to sell the properties.
"We've had some offers, but at the time, the property was being used so we . . . rejected the offers," Philbrick says.
Look for more news on the properties soon.